We’ve been through this before. Yes, this is technically the third “recall” as Bumbo today announced a recall to repair their popular baby seat. The repair includes a new belt and a warning sticker about proper usage. Yes, another warning sticker to remind parents to NOT put your baby in this seat on high surfaces and do NOT leave your child unattended in the seat.

bumbo recall information and baby seat alternatives

Bumbo Recall to Repair Information

To find out if your seat is one of four million affected by this recall visit http://www.recall.bumbousa.com. You can order the free repair kit online or call (866) 898-4999 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Do not return the Bumbo seat to retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit. The repair kit includes a belt, installation instructions, proper use instructions and a new warning sticker.

Baby Seat Alternatives

While there’s plenty of room for debate about whether this recall is necessary because the issue lays with mis-use and not faulty design, if you are in the market for an infant positioner and are wary of the Bumbo there are some other options to consider.

Mamas & Papas Baby Snug. With wide leg holes to accommodate chubby thighs, a removable insert to grow with your child, a wide base and included tray, the Baby Snug is a great option. Buy it for $75 from our affiliate Amazon.

Prince Lionheart bebePod. With last year’s the Great bebePod exchange, it’s clear Prince Lionheart has staked its ground in challenging the Bumbo. The company boasts a safety strap and a strap to attach the bebePod to a seat. The bebePod Flex is on sale now for $31.

prince lionheart bebepod flex infant seat

Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seat. The Super Seat is designed to grow with your child from an infant positioner to a toy to a booster seat. The toy tray on this seat is 360 degrees all around the seat and it also has a strap. It’s now available on Amazon for under $40.

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Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.
    Nicole and Ben

    Thanks for the info! I’ll have to order a strap for ours. I agree with you though — it’s all a matter of using the Bumbo in the way it was intended. Ie: don’t put it on a chair or counter and walk away from your baby.

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    I own a Bumbo, but I am going to be honest here: I am of the mindset that none of these kinds of seats should be used until the baby is old enough to sit independently, or at least is almost sitting by themselves. It just doesn’t seem like it is good for their bodies to be unnaturally forced to do something they aren’t yet capable of handling.

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